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The Wall Street Journal reports that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting that off all the things that can lead to weight gain, potato-based products like chips and French fries are among the worst.

According to the story, the study “quantifies how much weight a person is likely to gain or lose over four years based on one additional daily serving of a range of specific foods. Eating more potatoes correlated with a gain of 1.28 pounds, with French fries in particular associated with a 3.35-pound gain.”

The Journal writes: “This type of study can't definitively say that certain foods cause weight changes. But it found one additional daily serving of potato chips was associated with a 1.69-pound gain; sugary drinks, processed meat and red meat were associated with about a one pound gain. Eating more fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt correlated with slight weight loss over four years. Big jumps in physical activity w
KC's View:
No big surprises here, though the specificity of the numbers is interesting.

I think everybody knew that people are more likely to gain weight if they consume french fries and sugary sodas than if they eat yogurt and fresh produce.

The key, as always, is this. There are no bad foods. Just bad habits. Moderation in consumption, plus regular exercise, is the best approach.

Because if you deny yourself all the good stuff, you may live forever, but it’ll feel like forever....